We can help you better prepare your library for a disaster. In addition, we can help you demonstrate great value to your community or institution by providing you with tools for becoming a partner in emergency preparedness & response planning.
Take this test. How many of the items below are practiced at your library? Want a better score? Please contact us at 434-924-0193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We have a response station that includes posted response procedures and ready access to tools (e.g., flashlights, first aid kit, bullhorn, plastic, battery operated radio, etc.) for handling an emergency
- We have a one page pocket response plan (PReP) that is updated at least quarterly
- We have identified shelter-in-place location(s) for tornadoes, shooter, HAZMAT incidents
- We have a communications plan that incorporates redundancy of communication (such as what to do if cell phones don’t work) and procedures for updating website, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
- We practice situation awareness reporting (What, When, and Where) before, during, and after a service disruption
- We have a disaster team with the following representation: 1. EP&R Coordinator; 2. Agency Administrator (usually the library director); 3. Communications Coordinator; 4. Information Technology Coordinator; 5. Facilities Liaison; 6. Online Content Coordinator; 7. Staffing Coordinator; and 8. Special Collections Coordinator (smaller libraries are likely to have one person covering multiple roles)
- We perform at least one evacuation drill per year.
- We take part in at least two table-top exercises per year (one for a planned incident and one for an unplanned incident).
- Our core print materials are easily available if power is down or internet is compromised.
- The servers that house core online resources are on extended or unlimited emergency power.
- We have a Mutual Aid Agreement with another library to assist us in the delivery of core services.
- We have a prioritized recovery list of all valuable and hard to replace materials.
- We have a partnership (contract not required) with a commercial salvage and recovery company (e.g., Belfor, BMS, Munters) for recovery of valuable and hard to replace materials.
- All our disaster team members know the importance of 72-hour preparedness.
- We perform an After-action Review within 7 days of a service disruption.